WASHINGTON, D.C. – Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk presented EM two Project Management Awards during a ceremony last week, recognizing exceptional results for complex projects.
The Hanford Site in Washington state received the DOE Project Management Achievement Award while the Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) was honored with the prestigious DOE Project Management Award of Excellence at its Portsmouth Site in Ohio.
Each year, the Department recognizes projects that have demonstrated excellence in the project management discipline. The Secretary's Excellence Award is presented to a single project team that has demonstrated exceptional results in completing a project within cost and schedule.
The DOE Project Management Excellence Award for 2022 was presented to the PPPO team for successfully delivering the On-Site Waste Disposal Facility Capital Asset Project-1. The facility is the anchor project supporting cleanup at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The project provided disposal capacity to support demolition of the 29-acre two-story X-326 uranium process building, which was completed last year. It also provides the disposal capacity for excavation of two contaminated groundwater plumes at the Portsmouth Site, helping EM meet commitments to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
The disposal facility project was completed 22 months ahead of schedule and came in at $37 million less than the projected $285 million budget. The Department commended the Portsmouth Site project team for achieving exceptional results on such a vital project.
DOE Project Management Achievement Awards are presented to teams that demonstrate significant results in completing complex projects within cost and schedule. The Hanford Tank-Side Cesium Removal (TSCR) System project team did just that, completing the $164 million project three months ahead of schedule and $29 million under budget, all while managing COVID-19 impacts and challenges to supply chains, staffing, and operations.
TSCR is a nuclear operating system that provides safe and efficient retrieval, treatment and disposal of the 56 million gallons of chemical and radioactive waste stored in Hanford’s 177 underground tanks. The project represented the first large-scale treatment of radioactive waste from the underground tanks at Hanford and sets the stage for vitrification of the waste through the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant Low-Activity Waste Facility (LAW). TSCR removes undissolved solids and cesium from tank waste prior to feeding it directly to the LAW Facility.
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